Feb 24, 2013 11:10pm PST
't mellowed. the tea party is still boiling hot. just watch john boehner. and john mccain. keep trying to reason with the right. and keep getting burned. and finally, southern cross. this wednesday, the southwest, the supreme court to declare the voting rights act dead. the argument goes, when you have a black president, you don't need special voting protection. is that so? hi. i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. and with us today, the huffington post howard fineman. the bbc's katty kay. nbc's kelly o'donnell. and new york1's errol louis. first up, it's oscar weekend a movie reference for this endless gamesmanship over taxes and spending. remember that movie about the guy who keeps waking up and it's the same day again? that bill murray classic "groundhog day"? >> this is no way to run the greatest country on earth. it's a dangerous game that we've never played before. and we can't afford to play it now. the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good.
Feb 1, 2013 4:00am PST
for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and reco
Jan 31, 2013 6:00pm PST
heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lot of time clarifying pree clarifying previous positions. including supporting the rights of gays in the militaries. if confirmed, he would be the first enlisted man to be as defense secretary. his supporters say that experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job. >>> now to a developing story in mexico. 14 people are dead and 80 injured after an explosion at the headquarters of mexico's state-run oil company. the blast damaged three floors of the building. several thousand workers have been evacuated. the cause of the explosion is unknown but it happened in the basement. >>> to syria now where the country